New german war film in hard times?

Rudolf Schweiger Kosovo parable "Morderful peace"

Since 1999, the beginning of the ongoing commitment in Kosovo until today, the Bundeswehr develops from an army to defend the Republic and Europe within the framework of the NATO bundnis on a flexible instrument of global and internationally coordinated missions. What started with violent parliamentary debates is currently almost ministerial routine, despite the Bundeswehr soldiers abroad through the following or unfalls so far. The first movie "Morderische Peace" ("Snipers Valley") of the Munchener director Rudolf Schweiger Ober the Kosovo use of the Bundeswehr therefore is of burning updated. Especially with all his weak.

More and more often, complex and more affiliates, the Bundeswehr will be involved in international operations – not only in UN observer presents, but throughout the palette of military strategies in the sign of the conservation, enforcement and creation of "peace" to logistical and planning flanking of military Attacks or attacks. Conditions as in Afghanistan. The apprentication use of the Tornados in Afghanistan and the deadly attack in May 2007 in Kunduz, where three German Soldiers of the ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) came to a total of 21 at present more than 3150 mostly in the north of German soldiers, speak for himself.

New German war film in hard times?

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Rudolf Schweiger has turned his first cinema game film over the Kosovo, "abroad", in Sarajevo and the Bosnian environment after a series of short and documentary films. He struggled with not insignificant difficulties on the ground, but apparently received strong feedback in the troupe, with significantly declining support of the Ministry of Defense after the 2005 government change.

This story alone is already worth a stucco attention, also compared to the corresponding decades of friendly handling between the Pentagon and the political right or right. on patriotic entertainment and forced action trimmed Hollywood.

New paradigm: Militarian civilitat instead of civil humitarism

With "Mordering Peace", the premiere of a new prototype of Kinofilm Made in Germany is characterized by, of course, in a somewhat rough woodcut edition: the new German war game film on "Our guys in the crisis area X". The emphasis should be placed on the ambiguous terminology "Peace War Game Film". This genre is about

  1. the civilian handling of the option War use in the face of conflicts
  2. or to deal with the cynical game with the risk of escalation,
  3. To the zwascent between the ideological order of a peace mission and the satisfaction of violence by "neutral" and minimalist controlling control prasence,
  4. To the risk of increasing confrontation with unregulated martial violence on site,
  5. To maintain the neutralization and the preservation of technological and military consideration also in the "asymmetric" near area,
  6. or about the pravention or. Crisis management with sliding transition in local bloody entanglements.

In this respect, this is not the civil-military action scheme of the Hollywood cinema before and after the 11. September serves a form of entertainment tire total militarism, which sucks all civil behavior in combat readiness and demonstrably already before The abandonment of New York and Washington was trained as a cinematographic perceptual and consumer scheme.

The action-scheme of sensational violence and violent sensations has dominated all US film production since the 1980s and combined with the digitization of cinemas in the 90s almost all genres captured and the categories of war and terror, civil and military long winds before the striking in Washington and New York systematically crowish.

BrinkMper, 2003

The decisive was and is not that the stop of the 11. September 2001 as an action movie looked, but that the media sold him effectively as such because the events were tailored by the historically dominant perception and consumer scheme accordingly.

New German war film in hard times?

It is therefore a naturalistic failure to accept, Hollywood was directly enforced the intentions of the Bosen Pentagon, as if Peter Burger is mistakenly repeatedly claimed (see Universal Soldier). Hollywood and the Pentagon provide quota perceptual schemes, inside and beyond the political discourse to explore the repeated willingness to war for their purposes, for each purpose, for the commerce of entertainment and for the loyalitat of the burger and the motivation of the soldiers. The coalition between the "total pleasure" and the "total war" is only one of many scenarios and pretend.

Unlike form of military civilitat

For Schweiger’s cinematic theater, it is a new subgenre of the (aging) anti-war film or the reflected war film, which, either from civil-moral perspective or in satirical criticism, imparts or puts the purely military view on the events or in a further context and from the distance reflected.

Since in "Mordering Peace" the German soldiers themselves are the official Tragers and ambassadors of an unwanted peace, the scheme of civilitat and militanz even turns around: Here, a longest form of military civilitat is staged, which is not in the prasence of a supposed or Real conflict upgraded to get rid of goals, but also tries to speak with the other subject at least.

Criteria of anti-war film

If one takes only partly seriously the criteria for the genuine anti-war film1, it looks like this, as if Rudolf Schweiger can only be this responsibility in his first film under restrictions and difficulties shoulders. Much of this film is fragment, thesendrama and social cliche, and many things appear almost as a lazy compromise compared to the established straightforwardness of the TotalMilitarist US action strip.

What in the idea and in the initial research and production may still sound corrale and critical, device in the conception of the script and in the filming implementation for the coarse pattern, which only wants to become a groundbreaking paradigm. There is good plumbing and couching jobs in this movie. Many ways drove into the mountains and talers of Kosovo and the dark heart of this multi-ethnic conflict. But again and again trees fall around in the wrong moment, without being behind it always a sturdy house hour.

It remains with a staging that stumbles from Station to Station of Ofter and sometimes dependent on the relevant points and statements. The direction does not lead the actors consistently enough, in important moments, the camera remains incilemy and low-stress in the theater tales, so that every one can tell about his text. At best, with much benevolence, this would be a reflected representation of the ineptitude at the beginning of the first foreign assignment.

Admitted and inadequate simplifications

The film presses the conflict scenario of Kosovo in a rather unpolitical, in simple soldier life and in the civil ruins on the strain edge. But he deviates significantly from many functionalistic US military samamous, highly financed "top gun" (Tony Scott) to "Black Hawk Down" (Ridley Scott), which the world only from the perspective of aggressive soldier inner life on aircraft carriers, Show in jets and helicopters and in hidden householders.

New German war film in hard times?

"Morderful peace" is rather on the line of anti-war film "Three Kings" (David O. Russell), in the encounter and rescue of the underripred population become crucial, so that the military golf war adventures out of the foreground disappear like the outgoing milk from the threatening tags. In doing so, "Morderal Peace" does not reach the drive and the cynical-paradoxical level of "Three Kings". There are cross-sections for intercontinental networking of violence and culture in "Babel" (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu), although Schweiger’s film simply lacks the rough epic breath and the cinematographic brilliance.

It is more of the sentimental passages from the terrorist-charged Bosnia of "Peacemaker" (Mimi Leather). Especially since the idealistic German soldier Guardian Angel is on the way to love for a blond Serbon, a fellow-human level, which does not want to know about the inflated "peacemaker" information war and its superpower implications.

Who knows the subversive quality of "in the West Nothing new" and the youth of desperation in "the Brucke" is approaching, will be wondering if Schweiger has done well, only at his empirical Bundeswehr foreign application and the typical German affinity language To orient the waistband with their appeal to the old Landserjargon without having worked on the dramaturgical plasticity of his figures.

New German war film in hard times?

At the abstract model structure of these scenes, a parabola that could play everywhere, initially failure to complain. But the complicated and precare situation of the "United Nations Interim Administration Mission" in Kosovo is not sufficiently clear. It is precisely in the demanding task to build military control in the region, enforce the involvement and violence of the parties as well as painful separation and resettlement and to make political-material reconstruction aid. This maaking catalog has been previously enforced in parts until today.

The gross political framework, the agreement of Serbia (as the last representative of Yugoslavia) with the Albanians on the final autonomous political status of Kosovo, was kept further beyond. The NATO contingent of KFOR (Kosovo Force) is therefore also forced to continue to manage the existing burger-war potential: the conflict of the conflict between the majority of Kosovo Albanians (and their still-demilitarized local dispute, such as the former Uck) and the minority the Serbs, which were formerly "supported by the Yugoslav army draconically projecting against any autonomy aspirations.

A widely accepted political solution that could advance a real peace is not in sight. Such matters can often be clarified only in more detailed dialogues on the chief plane or in expensive panoramic recordings with many actors.

Well-saved militar tourists

KFOR is divided into four multinational brigades. The German contingent, from early 6000 to currently 3000 soldiers, is located in the Multinational Task Force South (MNTF-S), in Sudkosovo in Prizren, together with soldiers from Austria, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Switzerland and Turkey. In this respect, the concentration on a German unit in Schweiger’s film acts as a rough simplification of international braid.

"Peacemaker" went in the James Bond travel rhythm of the spectator and the two protagonists, presented by Clooney and Kidman, but braidingly, but significantly more multinational. Schweiger’s German soldiers appear as well as well-acidized militar tourists who arrive as well as unaware in the sudosteuropa development area and still circles blindly and carefree around themselves.

New German war film in hard times?

Only everywhere they get between the more or less seen parties, who, beyond a clear military front their game with violence and revenge also in officially prescribed peace. A central shortage of Schweiger’s cinematician is: The actors do not represent the political-military scenario in the required word cargoes and analytes professionality. Again and again a sparkling bean’s tone is to horen.

The screenplay distributes the historical loads of the local burger war clean and equibly to the ethnic representatives: on the one side established, well-known National Militarist Serbs supported by the Army Restjugoslavia or as whose hand and experts made career, and the now power loss and expulsion fear. On the other hand, the underripred, narrow-faced, terrorist-raccutive Kosovo-Albanians, who look again in their political desire after the disarmament. Both parties become old-guilty and young innocent / complicity "after the generation scheme".

This scheme alone does not make a bad movie yet. The whole thing becomes problematic because the interaction of the components is realized so wooden and can be realized in the individual scenes and in the course that the attached gestures, flat figures and rhetorical emotions sometimes are of involuntary comedy, even there, where serious conflicts and human beyond the topic should be. The art is just to read and play between the lines.

The conflict in the film (Attention Spoiler)

At the entrance to Kosovo, the German tank troupe looks at the edge of the Strain Mourning Family Arrivals, an Albanian mother and her young son, at the grave of the fallen husband and father. Father is interrupted by the melancholy peace through an explosion: the mother is killed by a blast trap.

In the tank sitting by bosomes, helmet in the green camouflage suit. A touch of team spirit, group and content of the sound as in "the boat", between "adventure and anxiety" (Schweiger). But as soon as they open up his mouth, but they turn off the old and new NATO Bundeswehr-German, a modernized GI-Meets-Landser language, which was initially not infected by the international order situation, but like a hearty German beer export in An unknown zone affects the actor supervisor with his attached command and competence sound until every touch of strangeness from image and tone has disappeared.

In the fictitious Matlentan, the Germans meet the applied Kosovo Albanians, including the youthful militia with the feeder and lawyer Enver (excessively intrigigant Anatole Taubman). The militiahore do not want to bow to the instructions of NATO and undermine the arranged disarmament by weapon smuggling.

On the other side opponated Dr. media. Goran Jovovic (Bieder Peter Bongartz) National-Heroic against the KFOR plan to relocate the last Serbs into a protection zone to better defend them. Among the German soldiers are quickly different reaction patterns: sensitive observed Tom Kapielski (Adrian Topol), thanks to Charly Berger (Max Riemelt) and forcibly packs Maik Teske (Bo Hansen).

New German war film in hard times?

When a focus of the ambush open the fire on the population on the main spirit, a young woman will be wounded like random. But it is Mirjana, the blond manner fantasy and daughter of the Serbian doctor Jovovic (with growing conviction: Susanne Bormann). The German Soldier Charly (Max Riemelt) disregards the command to cover and tries to save Mirjana spontaneously from other balls, but it is hurt himself. His comrade Tom (Adrian Topol) pursues the sniper and puts him with a swept weapon.

The tatter proves to be a half-round Albanian boy, Durcan (Young Talent: Damir Dzumhur), which slowly lays his rifle to the ground before the German soldier. The spaterer voice no responses, Durcan is silent on the weapons camps of the militias persistently. He is trapped in his own desperation, he is the boy who had to live together before, as his mother died by a mine.

During this, Charly and Mirjana, who lie together in the hospital, come to each other closer and fall in love. Enver, the Albanian lawyer and militi leader wants to be on the Serbs and especially on the Jovovics: Goran Jovovic exhibited the Yugoslav army as a doctor manipulated deaths in massacres on Albanians. Enver plays the German soldier a photo that Jovovic shows in the medical matter at work with a Serbian General in front of an area full of corpses. Also on the liquidation of Durcan’s family Jovovic should have been involved.

Tom and Charly Jovovic are talking about the Slibowitz and Amselfelder, and proud consideration, which himself accepts his own downfall, lost a deep shock in his daughter, but also a reflection, from the vicious circle of chauvinisms and reveals move. In a crucial step, she tries to approach Durcan and apologize for the ideal suffering.

But for the time being, ENVER attempts to keep Durcan as a somnambules medium and instrument of its wild hashjects. Enver wants his militia the Jovovic family even before relocating into the close and Durcan, as soon as this is back in freedom, as a focus on their liquidation.

Panzer and mushrooms

At the beginning of the movie you can see Hugel down to atmospheric Balkansmusik the KFOR-Panzer convoy over the dusty strain. In truth, one looks at an exercise ride at the "Speble in the final heath at glory August heat with 50 heavy battlesman" (Schweiger). At that moment, the director has been highly satisfied with himself and the world. Because under the film claim from the Bundeswehr, Schweiger knows more than just the permission of documentary reporting and technical advice of a feature film scenario. The right picture of the Bundeswehr consists for him in addition to solid research especially in logistics and the professional free equipment.

Among Schroder, Fischer and Struck everything seemed under the roof and subject. But under Merkel, Steinmeier and Young everything was different. After the surprising cancellation of the oversight defense press proprietor of the new conservative-social democratic government coalition ("and mistakes he do not make a") the director after own information was first short before despair:

No Bundeswehr in our film also means financial additional burdens that could not be betting. No more trans general flowers, which then flew without us half-black to Sarajevo, no uniforms, no weapons, no equipment, no tanks.


Only by supporting officers and soldiers in the Bundeswehr, conditions were created to give the film a representative and at the same time advertising frames in which the troupe shows the best side: the Bundeswehr once again showed itself as a supple instrument and became a factific Outfatter of the movie. She delivered the visual high point at the beginning in the bird’s eye view on the convoy and close-up of rattling armor chains and the careless Y-shield next to the KFOR lettering.

The Burgerbewegung open Heide has long demands the troop deduction from the Colbitz final heath. In this largest still relevant Heidsebiet Central Europe Northern of Magdeburg, not only the nature lovers. First, the Wehrmacht, then the Soviet Army and now NATO rehearsed the emergency, in an area, which also includes a nuclear "bombrodom" and a "Stullenstadt", a reconstructed cityscape for active training in asymmetric war carrying with real-time data performance and film adaptation. The appropriate electronic vibration center of the army should be the most modern in Europe.

On the other hand, the motto of nature conservation is simply and moving: "Mushrooms instead of tanks". And in a country, "where the cannons Bluhn" (Kastner) and the Tornado also make the demonstrators against the G8 summit in Heiligendamm Deprote as mutual assistance for the police. Afghanistan is already overall. If only for the time being only undertaking.

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